Doing business with the government is a big step to growing your business. Far South Business Center (FSBC) provides local, in-person counseling and training services for you, the small business owner. They are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments. Procurement services are available free of charge. Far South CDC is a delegate agency of the City of Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services.
What can a Far South Business Center: Procurement Division do for you?
Determine if your business is ready for government contracting Pursuing government contracts is a challenge, and can be burden for your company if you do not have the resources to handle a contract. An agency representative can sit with you one-on-one and determine if your business is ready, and help position you for success.
Help you register in the proper places There are numerous databases to register with to get involved with the government marketplace, including the Department of Defense’s System for Award Management (SAM), GSA Schedules, and other government vendor sites. An agency representative can help you determine where and how to register.
See if you are eligible in any small business certifications Some government contracts are set aside for certain businesses with special certifications, such as woman-owned, small disadvantaged businesses and HUBZone. An agency representative can help you obtain these certifications.
Research past contract opportunities. An agency representative can look into past contracts to see what types of contracts have been awarded to businesses like yours.
In addition, FSBC can help you identify and bid on a contract, and if you are awarded the contract, measure your performance and help with contract audits.
Contact the Far South Business Center Procurement Assistance today at (773) 941-4833 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and type in the description: “Procurement Assistance”.